Daniels look to learn from mistakes

Ryan Robbins on the ball against Rushall               Picture by Geoff Atton
Ryan Robbins on the ball against Rushall Picture by Geoff Atton
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Stamford AFC have another two quick-fire fixtures to try and sort their defence out after mixed fortunes this week.

On Saturday the Daniels tightened up at the back to earn a 2-0 win away to Trafford but then on Tuesday lost 4-3 in the dying moments of their fixture against Rushall Olympic.

Although the Daniels are finding the net in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, they have also let in the most goals - 19, which is a concern to fans and boss David Staff alike.

They will now be looking for more resolve against Worksop at home tomorrow and away to Barwell on Tuesday.

Staff said: “Saturday’s and Tuesday’s games were very different.

“On Saturday we were tight and against a good footballing side we held our shape really well. Although we were a bit disappointing in the first half we certainly deserved the victory, our work rate was terrific.

“On Tuesday it was probably the highest tempo game you will get in this division and it’s fair to say that certain personnel didn’t cope with that very well.

“Like the scoreline suggests, we are creating opportunities and there were some terrific finishes to get three goals, but we were giving them the opportunities rather than them creating them.

“It was the most frustrated I have been and we need to learn from those mistakes.”

Staff admits personnel could change but says that is not always an option or an answer to the problem.

He says defence is an issue for all 11 players on the pitch and they will be working with the team as a whole as well as with some individuals.

On Tuesday, Rushall first hit the front on 15 minutes when Tom Eckersley glanced in a poorly-defended free-kick.

Stamford’s Ryan Robbins, who scored twice on Saturday, soon had them on level terms when finishing smartly after racing onto a header from fellow frontman Jordan Smith.

A deflected Adebola cross, which looped over the back-pedalling Lynch, restored the visitors’ lead just before the half-hour mark and that’s the way it stayed until Stamford cranked up the pressure after the break.

Luke Blakely, who signed for the Daniels last week and has seven caps for Antigua and Barbuda, levelled with a classy strike following a corner in the 55th.

Robbins completed the turnaround moments later with a stunning first-time effort from the edge of the


Lynch kept Stamford ahead by saving a Luke Bottomer penalty but could do nothing to keep out a Josh Craddock cracker from long range with 20 minutes to go.

And it was during those additional minutes that Stamford were hit by a knockout blow as Olympic full-back Matt Woods powered a shot past Lynch.

The defeat puts Stamford just above the relegation zone. Worksop are in 10th and then Barwell in 13th.

Staff says Worksop are strong up front and Barwell are packed with experience so he’s expecting another two tough games.

Tomorrow’s kick off at Kettering Road is at 3pm and Tuesday’s game is at 7.45pm.